Tag Archives: MC1964

JNEWS: Procopio, James [MC1964] receives his medals

2016-Nov-22

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/120418/

Vietnam vet gets long-awaited medals
James Procopio receives medals in ceremony at congressman’s office
By Hailey Van Parys hvanparys@gainesvilletimes.com
POSTED: November 21, 2016 5:36 p.m.

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When it came time for James Procopio to graduate from Manhattan College in 1964, he had three options: join the military, get married or move to Canada. He picked the first of the three, choosing to enlist in the U.S. Air Force right out of school.

The 74-year-old man served and was honorably discharged, but he never received his awards, medals or ribbons.

He was due an Air Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

“I explained that I wasn’t sure what happened to (the awards),” said Procopio, who was born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y.

He was able to get the awards after he made a call to the office of U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, in May. Procopio received them in a ceremony at Collins’ office on Monday morning.

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Procopio’s daughter who lives in Orlando, Fla., Kerry McGavin, her husband Jon McGavin and their three boys Jackson, 13, Collin, 11, and Hudson, 8, were all there to support him, as well as Procopio’s son Drew Procopio. Procopio’s other son, Scott Procopio, wasn’t able to attend the medal-giving.

Col. Jim Martin, a longtime friend of Procopio’s, also came.

During the Vietnam War, Procopio flew planes from his base in Charleston, S.C., to wherever the soldiers were at the time, a 20,000-mile round trip that he took two or three times a month.

“Someone was looking out for me (out there),” Procopio said. He would get a 24-hour notification that he would be taking an “eastbound trip,” which was Air Force lingo for Vietnam. He would fly from Charleston to Alaska to Japan and then to Vietnam, usually. Sometimes they would have to pick up troops or goods in various places in the U.S. before heading off.

He would bring troops what they needed, including flying a planeload full of toilet paper once, he said. When he would bring the goods, he was often called a garbage hauler.

More solemnly, Procopio said he also flew the dead and wounded back.

“They didn’t dare call us garbage haulers, then,” Procopio said through a few tears. The soldiers he carried back home were “the real heroes,” he said.

Palettes of four of five coffins, which were usually six deep, were loaded onto his planes by forklifts.

“It freaked me out … it was disrespectful,” Procopio said.

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Since then, however, Procopio worked as a security officer on a cruise ship and was able to take his wife to 103 countries.

“You made up for it,” Patty Procopio said to her husband.

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Procopio, James [MC1964]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) shares what ESPN did not see fit to show

2016-Sep-26

Good Morning All,

 
Pete Sweeney shared this incredible footage that ESPN did not see fit to show and I felt, as we say a little prayer for our United States Of America, these shots would resonate with you. Perhaps you might even see your way clear to share it. Thank you for your prayers, your steadfast support for those in need of our prayers and for being you. Thank you Peter. Thank you all. God Bless.
 
Phil Colon

Sent from AOL Mobile Mail




 
 
Subject: Yessss!
 
 
For those who saw the football game on Monday.
We missed this view.
Those who attended the game said it was extremely emotional to see the entire bowl of the stadium turn red, white and blue. It took 90 workers two weeks to get all of the colored card boards mounted under each seat.  Each piece of card board had eye slits in them so the fans could hold up the colored sheet and still see through the eye slits.  Every seat had to have the proper card, with no mistakes, to make this happen.
This is what ESPN failed to show you Monday night.  Apparently, they thought their commercials were more important than showing this scene for about 5seconds.

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Forward this to as many people as you can so that they can see this incredible display!

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Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964)

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[JR: It was brought my attention that the game was on NBC; not ESPN. I’m not sure who to fault.] 

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COMMENT: Horn, William J. ‘Bill’ (MC1964) with some chair facts

2016-Apr-10

Horn, William J. ‘Bill’ (MC1964)

 The chairs were sold through the alumni office and perhaps through the bookstore in the 60s and 70s. Two armchairs and a rocker were in the alumni director’s office when I was assistant director and later director of alumni relations from 1967-72. They were not rare and I believe there were some in other campus locations, possibly admissions and the President’s Office. I am not aware of them having been numbered, perhaps under the chair seat, but I doubt they would have been marked by hand.

[JR: More chair lore.]  

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JEMAIL: Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964) cites Alma Mater’s windows

2016-Apr-09

MANHATTAN COLLEGE DEDICATES NEW CHAPEL WINDOWS DEPICTING LIFE OF JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE

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Manhattan College officially dedicated a 20th century collection of stained glass windows depicting The Life and Work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle on Thursday, April 7.

Brother Gustavo Ramírez Barba, FSC, Ed.D., received an honorary doctorate of pedagogy degree at the event. Br. Gustavo is the General Councilor for Lasallian Higher Education at the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He is one of seven General Councilors who “have as their mission to strengthen communion and interdependence in the Institute.” He has served as the executive secretary for the Lasallian Latin American Region and as a regional director for the Mexican and Central American Universities of the International Association of Lasallian Universities.

The De La Salle windows were created in the early 1900s by the renowned French workshop of L. Mazuet et fils of Bayeux. L. Mazuet et fils was founded in 1858, and both father, Leon-Louis, and son, Henri, were students of the Christian Brothers in the late 1800s. Their work can be admired in the ancient churches and magnificent cathedrals of France, including Eglise Notre-Dame et Saint-Marcouf in Basse-Normandie.

The windows were originally installed at the Christian Brothers’ Novitiate in Pocantico Hills, New York, and were moved to the chapel of the Brothers’ Novitiate in Barrytown, New York in 1930. They were reacquired in 2015, through the joint effort of Manhattan College and the District of Eastern North America of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. After a yearlong process of restoration by Rohlf’s Stained and Leaded Glass Studio, they were installed in Manhattan College’s Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers in early 2016, and were dedicated on April 7 – the Feast Day of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

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JNEWS: Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) reading on 2015-Oct-14

2015-Oct-12

Hi John,

I’m reading this Wednesday–here’s the flyer from the library.

The address you have–you’ll see it again at the bottom of this email.

Best,
Douglas

FALL PROGRAM:WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2015
7PM/FREE”Douglas Nicholas-Poetry Reading”

It’s at the Rosendale Library.

Here’s the address:

264 Main Street, Rosendale, NY. 845-658-9013.
Here’s a link to the library website:
http://www.rosendalelibrary.org/

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Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) 

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JOBIT: Strano, John Joseph [MC1964 RIP] on 2015-Sep-15

2015-Sep-22

F. John

John Strano MC 1964 RIP–Not MP!

Thanks
Scarlata, Richard M. (MC1964) 

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From: George Matthews 
Date: Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 8:42 AM
Subject: FW: John Strano Funeral Services
To: “Richard M. Scarlata”, Joe Martin 

FYI
Do you remember John? He was in our class, a business student & in the ROTC.
Hope all is well with all.

George

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From: Pauline Strano 
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:08 AM
Subject: John Strano Funeral Services

Dear Family and Friends,

Where to begin. This week has been one of exceptional loss filled with grief, pain and sorrow. The sudden passing of John, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend has been extremely difficult for everyone. Our family would be lost without the love and support we have been shown. A heartfelt thank you to each and everyone of you for your thoughts, prayers and kind words during our time of need.

Viewing services will be held at:
Jefferson Funeral Chapel
5755 Castelwellan Drive
Alexandria, VA 22315
http://www.jeffersonfuneralchapel.com
Friday September 25th
2:00 – 4:00 PM
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Mass service will be held at:
Saint Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church
6222 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310
Saturday, September 26th
11:00 AM
John will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery will full military honors at a later date, which will be shared with all who are interested.
Following the Mass service, our family will be receiving guests at the Strano residence for light sandwiches and beverages. Please feel free to join us as we reminisce, share stories, and celebrate the life of our dearest Johnny.

With warm regards,
Pinky, Pauline and Jeff

***Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone who may have known John***

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http://www.jeffersonfuneralchapel.com/obituary/John-Joseph-Strano/Alexandria-VA/1545940

John Joseph Strano
June 9, 1942 – September 15, 2015
Resided in Alexandria, VA

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015 of Alexandria, VA passed away suddenly in his home.

John was born and raised in Bronx, NY and graduated from Manhattan College prior to receiving his commission into the United States Air Force in 1964. He was awarded a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and retired as a Major from the United States Air Force after 22 Honorable years in 1985.

As Human Resources Director for Marriott International and Loews Hotels, John made several lifelong friends and his deep faith in God led him to live life with a degree of integrity and moral character that left a lasting impression on those who came to know him. An avid boater and outdoorsman, he enjoyed taking family and friends on the “Other Marilyn”, often times outracing thunderstorms on the return trip.

He is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn “Pinky” Strano; loving father of Jeff Strano (Melissa) and Pauline Dahlin (Troy); adored grandfather of Madison, Aubrey, Mitchell and Angelina.

Relatives and friends may call at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Dr. Alexandria, VA on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 6222 Franconia Rd. Alexandria, VA on Saturday at 11 AM. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.  

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Strano, John Joseph [MC1964 RIP] 

Guestbook: Same link 

[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: Scarlata, Richard M. (MC1964) ]

[JR: Note that this obit didn’t show up in any of my automated searches. Argh! Thanks, Rich.]  

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Good Evening All,

From Richard Scarlata ’64, our prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper, John Joseph Strano ’64 BA of Alexandria, Virginia. John,  a United States Air Force Veteran of 22 years, a Major, was called home on September 15, 2015. His Daughter, Pauline has written the following for her Mom, Marilyn “Pinky,” her Brother Jeff and their Families. Please keep them in your prayers as the Family mourn the loss of their loved on. Also following is an Obituary for this good man. Thank you. God Bless. Thank you, Rich Scarlata ’64.
 
Phil Colon
 
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 
 
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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Dorothy Sweeney

2015-Jun-21

Good Morning All,

From John Reinke, we hear of ” Grandma Sweeney’s ” fall. Mrs. Sweeney, Pete Sweeney’s mom, took a fall on Thursday that required some major surgery on her kneecap to reconstruct it. Surgery was done this past Friday and we pray that Mrs. Sweeney is recuperating free of pain and that her recovery is quick and free of complication. Knee surgery can be complicated. Mrs. Sweeney, besides being Pete’s Mom, has a very special place in John’s heart. She was an important caregiver to John as he was growing up so that John’s Mom was able to work. This special lady needs our prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964)

Reinke, F. John (MC1968)

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